Small minivan or large station wagon?
By PeterK on
2009 Mazda 5 Grand Touring 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)
My family of 3 soon to be 4 needed to upgrade from our Civic to be able to carry two car seats some cargo and maybe grandma every now and then. We desperately did not want to end up in a mini van and despite what some categorize Mazda 5 as we love the sliding doors which allow pain-free baby loading into the car seat. Cargo room with the third row folded is sufficient but when the seats are up you can't even fit your groceries. Gas mileage is in the area of 24 MPG with mixed driving, enough power to propel 4 adults and a baby on any road or hill. Highly recommended to those who need larger vehicle but want to remain environmentally friendly.
Bluetooth hands-free feature, steering wheel radio controls, automatic Xenon headlights, automatic wipers, heated seats, car like driving and feeling.
Bigger sunroof (it opens up only 3/4 of the length), power seats, bit larger trunk space when 3rd row is up, fuel filler on the driver side (currently on right), dash dim controls someplace else than the hard to reach clocks/speedo, brake and gas pedals spaced more apart, different horn sound